Dining Tips

Shortcuts for Fast Weeknight Meals

Most people are busy balancing family life and careers. This can make mealtime challenging. Sometimes it seems easier to go through the drive-through lane of the nearest fast-food restaurant than to spend time in the kitchen. But making dinner doesn't have to be time-consuming or difficult.

Arriving home from work at 6:30 p.m. and then thinking about making dinner leaves many people feeling stressed out. It is possible to create healthy meals the entire family will enjoy with planning and smart time management in the kitchen.
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Plan a Party for Different Palates

Planning a party can have its share of ups and down. Depending on the party's degree of formality, the planning can range from super-stressful to incredibly easy. For more formal functions, planning can be on the stressful side, as hosts want to impress their guests. For more casual gatherings, the mood is generally more laid back, and the planning is typically easier on the host as a result.
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Did You Know?

Lactose intolerance occurs when an individual is unable to fully digest the milk sugar, or lactose, in dairy products. Also known as lactase deficiency, lactose intolerance is not typically dangerous but it can be very uncomfortable. Many people, in fact, have low levels of lactase, but most would not know, as there are no noticeable symptoms or signs.
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A Healthy and Uplifting Alternative to Standard Party Fare

With fall on the horizon once again, party themes will soon turn from backyard barbecues to pigskin parties with all the football fixings. As a result, party hosts must keep up with the changing seasons and alter their menus accordingly.

When it comes to the seasons, it helps to look for foods that are newly in season when preparing the menu. It also helps to consider the guests and their individual needs. San Francisco-based chef Rebecca Katz teaches culinary solutions to people navigating cancer treatments and its aftereffects.
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Table Setting Etiquette

Sitting down to dinner at a properly set table can be a little anxiety-inducing. What fork to use first? Is this the dessert spoon or is it for soup?

Equally challenging can be the host or hostess in charge of setting the table for a formal dinner. Many people are a bit perplexed as to how to arrange the silverware and other items.
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Finding the Right Restaurant for Your Dinner Party

Over the last couple of years, dining out has become an even bigger luxury than it once was. Thanks to the struggling economy, many people have decided to cut back on spending, and dining out has become casualty of such events.

While the economy is gradually rebounding, dining out is still largely reserved for special occasions among those whose memory of the recession is still fresh. However, dining out does remain a strong choice when hosting a special occasion such as a birthday party or anniversary celebration. When choosing a restaurant to have such a gathering, consider the following tips to ensure that rare restaurant night out goes off without a hitch.
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Best Food Choices for a Crowd

Some people cringe at the thought of hosting a crowd, not because of the people, but because they don't know where to start regarding food.

Cooking or catering for a crowd doesn't have to be a stressful situation when food choices are made based on what can fill the bellies of guests in the easiest fashion. Here are some pointers that can get any host or hostess started.
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